Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long, loose-fitting African garment.

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  • noun A flowing wide-sleeved robe worn by men in much of West Africa, and to a lesser extent in North Africa.
  • noun Any of various passerine birds of the genus Laniarius.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Malinke bubu.]

Examples

  • The experience of wearing the boubou is another story all its own.

    The North, Part II - Christmas in Garoua

  • The experience of wearing the boubou is another story all its own.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Resplendent in a purple-and-white loose-fitting gown known as a boubou, the young woman now weighs 68 kilos (150 pounds) compared to only 45 kilos when she started the treatments.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Wednesday in the small Senegalese village of Dal Diam, where he was given a traditional robe known as a boubou to wear, as if to justify the nickname the daily Le Soleil had given him that morning: "Clinton the African."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Women and children danced in streets and teenage boys climbed roofs and trees to get a glimpse of Beye, dressed in the full-length flowing cotton "boubou" common in his native Mali.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The Ethiopian boubou was formerly classified into a species complex as a subspecies along with five other birds that look very similar, but most of which are apparently are not that closely related.

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus

  • Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus aethiopicus, also known as the boubou shrike, tropical boubou or the bell shrike, photographed at the Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa.

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus

  • Response: This is an adult Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus, a member of the bushshrike family, Malaconotidae.

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus

  • Me: Hey Ibrahim, can I do bat wings with your boubou??!!

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • The men are decked out in their best boubous, complete with the gondora, a huge sail of fabric they loop over their shoulders on top of the boubou.

    Archive 2009-09-01

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  • Also called Bell Shrike, the Tropical Boubou is a bird endemic to Africa.

    August 21, 2007